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State Opioid Task Force learns what Lee County is doing in fight against addiction

The diverse group that makes up Lee County's addiction community testified Monday afternoon on the opioid crisis.  

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The Opioid Epidemic: 'It's touching people's lives in major ways,' says Rockford's Mayor

The opioid addition problem in our area is grabbing the attention of Rockford City Hall.

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Winnebago County Board gets updated on county's opioid epidemic

Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz says the numbers don't lie, the opioid crisis is in full force.   

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Two people die of heroin overdoses in Janesville, police release data about opioid epidemic

Since Jan. 1 police have responded to 41 overdoses and investigated 9 confirmed deaths. Those death's don't include two from over the weekend.

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Hooked: How are opioids getting to our communities

Two a half kilos of heroin off the streets of Rockford, the Drug Enforcement Agency says it makes an immediate impact on dealers in the area, but minimal impact on the drug trade, and how those drugs get to our region.

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Rockford family torn apart by opioid addiction opens up

As Bob Salamone sit's in his Rockford home he reflects on his children.  "Bobby was the oldest. Joey's in the middle and then Allie," said the father of three. "I had very fun kids." 

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Rockford hospital sees uptick in babies born exposed to opioids

Hospitals in our area say they're seeing an increase in the number of babies born exposed to heroin and opioids. We talked to one family who says they're the foster parents to a one-year-old who was born exposed to those drugs. 

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Addiction resource centers, support groups fight at the front lines of the opioid crisis

13 WREX has covered the opioid epidemic all month long. Now we want to make sure you know where to turn if you or a loved one needs help.

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Celebrate Recovery brings hope to local opioid addicts

Recovering opioid addict Asa Rowan Recovering opioid addict Asa Rowan

Asa began buying from whoever and whenever he could, asking strangers and even stealing from his own family. At one point Asa was spending about $200 dollars a day on pills, taking about 40 to 50 pills just to function.

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Illinois launches 24-hour helpline to fight opioid crisis

A new statewide helpline in Illinois aims to get immediate help for those impacted by opioid addiction or other substances.

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Federal government launches program to battle opioid epidemic

There's a new opioid attack plan on the federal level and we're learning more about the steps the government plans to take.  

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Gov. Rauner signs bill to battle opioid abuse, limit doctor-shopping

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Wednesday making it harder for people abusing opioids to get a prescription. We'll have more on what local health professionals think about the new requirement tonight on 13 News at 5 and 6. 

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State cracks down on fraudulent opioid prescriptions, critics skeptical

How much of an impact will a new mandate for doctors will have in the Stateline?  Some health professionals say they think it's a step in the right direction, while others say they're skeptical. 

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Boone County joins opioid lawsuit against drug companies

The fight against opioids continues here in the Stateline. This week, Boone County will join a national lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies accused of driving the crisis.

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Winnebago County, City of Rockford announce intention to file opioid lawsuit

Winnebago County and the City of Rockford leaders say they will sue major pharmaceutical companies in an effort to recoup costs of battling the opioid epidemic here at home. 

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Rockford, Winnebago County join governmental bodies nationwide in opioid lawsuit

Rockford and Winnebago County aren't the first governing bodies to announce they will be filing a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies.

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Hooked: How the opioid crisis is hitting the Stateline Video included

"Hooked: The Opioid Epidemic Hits Home" starts Thursday, October 26 and continues throughout November, only on 13 WREX

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Stephenson County using substance abuse task force to fight opioid problem Video included

Stephenson County has a new special task force that officials are hoping can put a stop to the area's opioid problem. 

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House Speaker back in Janesville to address area's opioid epidemic

Ryan recently touted the House passing a bill to boost federal spending on opioid treatment and research. A

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Rauner signs off on opioid task force

State leaders are taking action as the opioid epidemic continues to threaten the nation 

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